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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Carlos Menchaca

LGBT city council candidates score historic wins in NYC election

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
New Yorkers across the city voted to send a record number of LGBT candidates to the city council, electing three incumbents and three newcomers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
Ed Murray

Gay man chosen to lead Washington state Senate

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) will become just the second openly LGBT person to lead a state senate chamber after his Democratic colleagues on Tuesday night chose him as majority leader of the Washington State Senate. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Skinner

West Virginia elects first openly gay state legislator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stephen Skinner tonight has become the first openly gay candidate to win election to the West Virginia state legislature. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin to become first openly-LGBT U.S. Senator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has become the first openly LGBT candidate to win election to the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
Sean Patrick Maloney

New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily... [ Read more → ]
Joe Saunders

Victory in Florida: From no LGBT legislators to two or more

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Joe Saunders is expected to win his race for the Florida House of Representatives tonight, joining David Richardson, who won a decisive primary for another State House seat in August. [ Read more → ]
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Baldwin has narrow lead in U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, polls show

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Two polls out today show Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), holding a slim lead over former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian candidate called ‘ugly dyke’ in North Carolina House race

Friday, October 26, 2012
An Asheville-area Republican political operative has taken to Twitter to call Susan Wilson, an openly lesbian contender for a N.C. State House seat, “an old ugly dyke.” [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Poll: Tammy Baldwin takes lead in race for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has surged to a five point lead in the race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, according to a new poll conducted for the campaign. Baldwin now leads former Gov. Tommy Thompson by 50 percent to 45 percent. [ Read more → ]
David Pierce

New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and he faces no opponent this November. [ Read more → ]
David Cicilline

Out congressman David Cicilline wins primary, vies for second term

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), one of just four openly gay members of Congress, won his Democratic primary Tuesday against Anthony Gemma, an opponent he also defeated in 2010 when he was first elected to the House. [ Read more → ]
Kyrsten Sinema

Bisexual woman wins Arizona congressional primary

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Openly bisexual candidate Kyrsten Sinema won a Democratic primary on Tuesday night and will advance to the November general election in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. [ Read more → ]
David Richardson

Florida elects first openly gay state legislator

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
David Richardson has become the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the Florida legislature. He won a Democratic primary tonight to represent the Miami-area District 113 in the Florida House of Representatives, and faces no GOP opponent this fall. [ Read more → ]
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Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the past 14 years. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Gay Republican poised to upset incumbent congressman

Monday, August 13, 2012
Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, now has an even shot at beating his opponent, incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tierney, according to a new rating of the race by the paper Roll Call. [ Read more → ]
Eric Fanning

Obama appoints gay man Under Secretary of the Air Force

Sunday, August 5, 2012
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Eric Fanning as the next Under Secretary of the Air Force, the White House announced this week. [ Read more → ]
Simone Bell

Out Georgia legislator expected to win re-election bid

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Simone Bell, the first African-American out lesbian to serve in a U.S. State House, handily won her Democratic primary for Georgia State House District 58 last night. [ Read more → ]
Susan Lowenberg

Out lesbian appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Susan Lowenberg, an out lesbian, has received a presidential appointment to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing body of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the White House announced Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Dan Savage

‘It Gets Better’ producers turn lenses to LGBT politics

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Dan Savage and the producing team behind the “It Gets Better” documentary specials for MTV and Logo have announced a new project that will examine openly LGBT political candidates and how they prepare to run for office. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Baldwin

$1 million attack on Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign produces little

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two separate half-million dollar attack ad campaigns targeting U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) in the Wisconsin Senate race may have produced zip for the special interest groups that launched them. [ Read more → ]
Sean Patrick Maloney

Openly gay candidate wins New York congressional primary

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Openly gay attorney Sean Patrick Maloney has advanced to the November general election in New York’s 18th Congressional District after winning his Democratic primary tonight. [ Read more → ]
Matt Moonen

Gay candidates win primaries in California, Nevada, Maine

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nevada and Maine could see the number of openly gay state lawmakers triple after Victory Fund-endorsed candidates advanced in primary elections this week, while in California, nine LGBT state legislative candidates won their primaries, setting the state up to elect the largest LGBT caucus ever. [ Read more → ]
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